December 18

Good King Wenceslas (©ejm2004)

[...]
One, two, three, and we began to sing,
our voices high and seemingly distant in the
snow-felted darkness round the house that
was occupied by nobody we knew. We stood
close together, near the dark door.

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the Feast of Stephen . . .

And then a small, dry voice, like the voice
of someone who has not spoken for a long time,
joined our singing: a small, dry, eggshell voice
from the other side of the door: a small dry voice
through the keyhole. and when we stopped running
we were outside our house; the front room was lovely;
balloons floated under the hot-water-bottle-bulping gas;
everything was good again and shone over the town.
[...]


-Dylan Thomas A Child's Christmas in Wales


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